If you have a bad diarrhea, you may find yourself in an uncomfortable situation. It is best to use some toilet paper and try to squat down as soon as possible.
You should also try to keep the stool away from the part of your colon that is affected by the diarrhea. This means that you should not eat or drink anything that may cause you to pass more fluid.
You should also try to keep the stool away from your rectum, which is the part of your colon.
If you have a very bad diarrhea and there is no toilet, you should go to the nearest hospital or emergency room.
Diarrhea is caused by a large number of different things. It is often caused by infection.
If you have any of the following symptoms, it is important that you see a doctor as soon as possible:
Diarrhea and viruses
Viruses that cause diarrhea include rotavirus, enteric adenovirus, astrovirus, norovirus, and campylobacter.
Diarrhea caused by viruses is not contagious. However, in some cases it can cause dehydration.
Diarrhea and parasites
A number of different types of parasites are responsible for diarrhea. These include:
These types of parasites are all very common and often found in soil. They can pass from human to human by eating food or drinking water.
There is a risk that you can be infected by these parasites even if you are not showing any symptoms.
Diarrhea and foods
Some foods can cause diarrhea. However, they are not common causes of diarrhea. These foods include:
Diarrhea and bacterial infections
Bacterial infections can also cause diarrhea. They are more common in children.
Bacterial infections that you can get include:
- E. coli
- Campylobacter jejuni
When bacteria are present in your large intestine, they can enter your blood stream. This can cause dehydration.
Bacteria also cause diarrhea, but they are not as common as viruses or parasites.
Some bacteria that are found in your large intestine and in your small intestine can cause diarrhea.
It is important to get an accurate diagnosis if you have symptoms that may be caused by bacterial infections, such as an upset stomach.
How do you know when to see a doctor?
If you have diarrhea, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible.
You should also see a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Severe abdominal cramps
- Bloody diarrhea
- Vomiting blood
- A feeling of being extremely thirsty
- A loss of appetite
Some other symptoms that you should also look out for include:
- Abdominal pain
- Extremely dry mouth
- Increased abdominal pain
- Diarrhea that is accompanied by a high temperature
- Diarrhea that is accompanied by a high fever
When to see a doctor?
When you have diarrhea, it is important that you see a doctor as soon as possible.
If you develop any of the following symptoms, it is important that you go to the nearest hospital or emergency room:
- Severe abdominal cramping
- Severe abdominal pain
- Bloody or black stool
- A feeling of extreme thirst
Diarrhea and dehydration
Diarrhea is a very common problem for many people. It is not usually serious but it can cause dehydration if it is not treated.
When you have diarrhea, you lose a lot of water from the body. This can make you very ill.
If left untreated, dehydration can cause death.
If you think that you may be dehydrated, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Diarrhea and long-term effects
It is not unusual for chronic diarrhea to develop. This is more common in children.
Sometimes chronic diarrhea is caused by a long-term condition. This can cause bowel damage, which can lead to chronic diarrhea.
Chronic diarrhea is more common in babies and children.
Other causes of chronic diarrhea include:
- Gastroesophageal reflux
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Liver disease
- Adrenal disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Some treatments for chronic diarrhea include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Diet changes
- Lubricant medications
- Antidiarrheal medications
Diarrhea and the immune system
Diarrhea can affect your immune system. This can make you more vulnerable to illness.
Diarrhea can increase the chance of infection and dehydration.
Diarrhea and the brain
The brain is normally very good at absorbing fluid from the intestine. This is why diarrhea can cause dehydration.
The brain is also affected by diarrhea. In some cases, it can cause a reaction that leads to a stroke.
Diarrhea and heartburn
It is not uncommon for diarrhea to cause heartburn.
This is because the stomach wall is affected by diarrhea. It will not be able to push out the fluid that is in the stomach.
This can cause the stomach to fill up with fluid, which can lead to heartburn.
Diarrhea and the kidneys
When diarrhea causes dehydration, it can harm the kidneys and the nervous system.
In some cases, it can cause kidney failure. It can also cause a low sodium level in the blood called hyponatremia.
In these cases, the person will need to receive intravenous fluids.
Diarrhea and the gastrointestinal tract
The bowel is responsible for absorbing water from the food you eat. This helps your body to stay hydrated.
If you are affected by diarrhea, you may lose this absorption. This can cause dehydration.
What is the treatment for diarrhea?
If you are diagnosed with a specific type of diarrhea, your doctor will prescribe a treatment for it.
This is usually given by mouth as tablets or as an oral suspension.
If you are diagnosed with a viral diarrhea, an antidiarrheal medication can be prescribed for you.
If you are diagnosed with a bacterial diarrhea, you will receive antibiotics.
The type of medication is not usually prescribed unless you have a severe case of dehydration.
What is the outlook?
If you develop a viral diarrhea, you will usually recover in a few days.
You can help prevent viral diarrhea by washing your hands thoroughly after using the toilet and before eating.
If you develop a bacterial diarrhea, you will probably recover in a few days. You can help prevent bacterial diarrhea by:
- Washing your hands thoroughly after using the toilet
- Eating a well-balanced diet
- Drinking lots of fluids
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